EM Municipal Police Shako, Hans Römer

Condition: Excellent Plus

Maker: Hans Römer

Pattern: Municipal

SKU: JW4668 Category: Tags ,


Product Description: This EM Municipal Police Shako is a very clean, nearly pristine piece. The exterior is made out of wool felt with a shiny black leather top. The wool is in the typical blue-green shade used by the German Polizei. This is a complete piece, with the correct large and impressive aluminum Polizei eagle on the front, as well as the cockade with national colors. The insignia show great detail, and only very slight age toning. There are no additional holes anywhere on this Shako, and no moth damage to the wool. The brown leather chin strap is complete, with aluminum fittings, and is a very nice, supple leather. The patent leather visor shows great shine. Inside, this EM Municipal Police Shako has an excellent, complete liner, with no rips or tears to the leather. It shows only minimal wear. The Shako is marked inside with “Echt Fiber-Tshako” and the maker “Hans Römer, Neu-Ulm (Donau). This is a very impressive and visually appealing piece of German police headgear, that would be hard to upgrade. It’s an outstanding example, in excellent plus condition.



Historical Description: The German Polizei (Police) had very many different roles before and during WWII. There were many different Police organizations that worked together for the purposes of law enforcement and maintaining order. The Ordnungspolizei was the regular police. Under the Ordnungspolizei umbrella were the various Schutzpolizei (protection police) units, including state, municipal, rural, and traffic police. There was also the Water Protection Police and the Fire Protection Police. Within the Ordnungspolizei jurisdiction was the Hilfspolizei, a category which included volunteer fire departments, Air Raid Protection Police, postal protection, and Factory Protection Police, among other groups. Police batallions of the Ordnungspolizei deployed to occupied territories during WWII, where their duties included the roundup and elimination of Jews and other civilian groups the Nazis regarded as undesirable. Besides the Ordnungspolizei, there was also the Sicherheitspolizei, made up of the combined forces of the criminal police and the Gestapo secret police. Under police jurisdiction was the Sicherheitsdienst, the intelligence service of the Nazi party and SS. Starting in 1943, all German police forces were placed under the command of SS leader Heinrich Himmler. The various Polizei organizations all had distinctive uniforms and insignia which indicated rank, organizational assignment, and occupational assignment. Headgear of Polizei units ranged from the mostly ornamental “Tschako” helmets of civilian police forces, to field caps and combat helmets. As with all Third Reich uniformed organizations, the Polizei had their own ID documents and awards, as well.


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